Author Archives: Howard Knowles

Who is Guillermo Rigondeaux?

Born and raised in Cuba and being brought up in the Cuba school of boxing, Guillermo Rigondeaux is one of the greatest talents the sport of boxing has ever seen. Even with one of the greatest amateur records of all time, an undefeated professional record and being ranked as a top pound for pound fighter in the world, there are still questions to be answered to who is Guillermo Rigondeaux. At the 2000 Olympics, an impressive showing in the gold medal bantamweight division caught the eye of the public with how impressive Rigondeaux is. He followed up at the 2004 ...

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Who is Vasyl Lomachenko?

Recognised as one of the greatest amateur boxers in history since turning pro in 2013, Vasyl Lomachenko is quickly becoming recognised as one of the best fighter’s active today. Some believe Lomachenko to be one of the top fighters in the sport today, while others believe he is slightly overrated due to his resume. What cannot be denied is his skill set, his background and the athlete that he is, however there are still questions that remain as far as who is Vasyl Lomachenko. Native to the Ukraine, Loma is known for his great timing, very quick hand speed and ...

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Pound for Pound Rankings – November 2017

Will Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder after their knockout victories make it on the list? Here is my pound for Pound Rankings for November: 1) Gennady Golovkin 37-0-1 Draw 33 KOs Golovkin in my eyes defeated Canelo back in September and with the retirement of Andre Ward, he deserves to be number one on the list. Negoations are on the way for the rematch with Canelo for possibly May of next year. Next Fight TBA: 2) Terence Crawford 32-0 23 KOs Crawford became the undisputed champ at Junior Welterweight in August and is now set to move up to the ...

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Wilder makes statement to Heavyweight division as he demolishes Stiverne

Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) made a big statement when he knocked out Bermane Stiverne (25-3-1, 21 KOs) in the first round. The fight was a rematch of their 2015 meeting, where Wilder captured the WBC title from Stiverne with a twelve round unanimous decision in Las Vegas. Stiverne was the only man to last the distance with Wilder, but this time he couldn’t last one round. In fact Stiverne wasn’t able to land a single punch. Wilder was walking him down with his long, rangey jab in the opening minute of the round. Wilder followed his jab ...

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The Heavyweight fight for this generation to know

For over the past 15 years, the Welterweight and Middleweight divisions have reigned king of the boxing world, however next year the true king division of boxing could possibly be on the return, and looking to reclaim its crown. Right now if you are in your 50’s, when you hear the phrase “big Heavyweight fight”, you will instantly recall the 1970’s images of Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman. Those a decade younger will recall the 1990’s matches involving Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe, along with the early dominance of ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson. Lastly those in the millennial generation ...

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‘Spookiest’ Knockouts in Boxing History

In honour of Halloween, let’s look at a few of the spookiest (1 punch shocking knockouts that caught us off guard) in boxing history!   Tyson vs Buster Douglas  Still arguably one of the biggest upsets in not just boxing history, but in sports history was when the baddest man on the planet, Iron Mike Tyson was knocked out in Japan against, at the time, unknown underdog Buster Douglas. The science of Tyson on the canvas trying to put his mouth piece back is an image we won’t ever forget.       Ali vs Foreman  Billed as the ‘Rumble ...

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Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam – Fight Prediction

In boxing we the fans are taken through the walk of steps on the staircase that ultimately leads to the fights we want to see. With some fighters, sadly more steps are required for us, the fans, to walk than others. The question coming into this weekend is what step are we the fans on, on the heavyweight staircase to the showdowns we really want to see? One of the biggest names in boxing, and the man who has brought back relevancy to the heavyweight division returns this Saturday night when Anthony Joshua goes up against mandatory challenger Carlos Takam. ...

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Keith Thurman: Hero vs Villain

Uncle Ben from Marvel’s Spiderman series once said in reference to being a hero, “with great power comes great responsibility”. In boxing our hero’s take on the responsibility of giving us the fans the fights we want to see. The proclaimed villains are the fighters who choose to duck and dodge the opponents fans want to see for their own safe gain. The question for many fighters during evaluation is are they the fans hero, or the fans villain? The welterweight division in boxing has been not only the most competitive, but also the most exciting division in boxing for ...

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Miguel Cotto: Well loved, yet under appreciated

After sixteen years, world titles in four weight classes and many memorable fights with some of boxing’s best, Miguel Cotto will call it a career on December 2nd when he faces Sadam Ali at Madison Square Garden in New York. While Ali isn’t the big name opponent that some expected, let’s be honest, Cotto was never going to fight Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez. Ali however will be a worthy sendoff for in my eyes arguably one of the most underappreciated boxers of this era to casual fans. Cotto may not have the undefeated record like Floyd Mayweather or rumbled ...

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Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux 60 Day Preview

In a little under 60 days, boxing fans will receive an early holiday treat on December 9th, when two of the most decorated amateurs and two of the best technical boxers on the planet fight with Vasyl Lomachenko vs Guillermo Rigondeaux in a 130-pound showdown. As the fight draws closer each fighter is guaranteeing not only victory, but victory in impressive fashion. With an amateur career record of 475 fights with 12 losses, and since turning pro, Rigondeaux’s record is 17 Wins by 11 Kos. Rigondeaux will be looking to put on a skillful boxing performance with his sharp counters, ...

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